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Matrix finds 'suede' takes special handling

The use of a new copolymer for its 'soft feel' requires special care in container handling to preserve its appearance for men's haircare line. That risk wins a Best of Show in the National Assn. of Container Distributors competition.
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The 40-valve gravity/vacuum filler selected by Jim Beam minimizes product foaming to permit filling speeds of 180 bottles/min. T
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam

Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
Here an operator has entered the intervention suit to make an adjustment in the area of the filler. The suit makes such adjustme
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Del Monte marries aseptic filling to sterile blow molding

By integrating sterile bottle making with aseptic filling, Del Monte Foods eliminates chemical sterilization of PET bottles prior to aseptic filling. New in-line bottle blowing and filling system permits replacement of costly heat-set PET bottles purchase
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
The PS resin used for Wilkinson?s DeltaPak, shown here in the trim press, has a modifier that gives the container just the right
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Food retailers like OPS tub for in-store applications

Wilkinson extrudes and thermoforms a two-piece tub with a snap-fit seal that keeps food fresh. Resin consistency and the right copolymer modifier help a lot.
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.
Though HDPE bottles (below left) served The Body Shop well for many years, the new look of PET (above) is viewed by the firm a
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No-label look hits PET bottles

For 17 years The Body Shop's hair, bath and fragrance products have been filled in HDPE bottles. Now PET is taking over, along with a disc-style closure and a no-label look.

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